‘It’s not OK’ Campaign Launches in North Notts

On 12th July, Retford Post-16 Centre welcomed over 120 professionals and young people from the local area, with everyone eager to learn about the partnership between the NSPCC and New Roots Housing.

Sexual abuse survivor Sammy Woodhouse spoke to the audience about how she was targeted, manipulated and sexually exploited as a teenager in Rotherham. She said:

“By alerting young people to the signs of grooming, hopefully I can turn my negative experiences into something positive.”

This was followed by former Police Officer Jonathan Taylor addressing the threat posed by online abusers and what we can all do to keep safe online. York St John University’s interactive theatre production then further explored the characteristics of abusive relationships.

Professionals in the audience also head from The Children’s Society and Nottinghamshire County Council, making it a true multi-agency event.

Chris Few, Chair of the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board said:

I have been to a lot of workshops and conferences and this is one of the best… We fully support this campaign and look forward to learning from it and working with the NSPCC and New Roots to explore opportunities to reach even more people across the county”

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Ally Sultana

Local Campaigns Manager, NSPCC